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Paths and Digressions

Poetry specialist publisher Dempsey & Windle opted to publish Tony’s new collection under their Vole imprint. Here’s what initial readers had to say.

“I absolutely loved this collection of poems. Diverse and refreshing, at times sad, often joyful, but always thought-provoking. From the elegant Castlerigg to the hard-hitting Abdullah, the provocative Beyond to the heartbreaking I encountered death early, and the humorous Fox to the shocking Duck Shooting — Paths and Digressions is a remarkable collection of poetry, taking the reader on a journey through life, love, religion, politics, and ultimately humanity. And the clever opening haikus are an added bonus!”

Steve Hayward

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Blessed Assurance

Four friends. Two marriages. One underlying struggle. The conflict between principles and behaviour.

Tom, Pete, Anne and Liza share their stories and we see the influence of family and place as they move from Yorkshire and Sussex, via the suburbs, to the North Downs.

This moving exploration of the lives and loves of four engaging characters wrestles with the important question of whether there is a role for faith in today’s society – and if not, what will replace it?

Find out more here.

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Tony Earnshaw

Tony Earnshaw is a novelist, poet, librettist and playwright whose novel Blessed Assurance was published in 2019. Tony’s play The Door first appeared at Leatherhead Drama Festival and had its professional premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 before transferring to the Charing Cross Theatre, London and Theater 59E59, New YorkIt was recently revived as a double bill with The Speech, a modern political satire. He has received a number of awards for his plays which also include Satin DollStabat MaterVisiting TimeLittle Brother and, of course, Sex is Another Language. Collaborations include Fred and Georgie, a play with songs by Simon Egerton, and co-writing the libretto for the choral pageant George and The Dragon, which premiered in 2014 and featured three choirs, orchestra, soloists and marching children.  Tony has three poetry collections to his credit as well as a book for children, Tilly the Tadpole. Tony is currently working on a political farce, various community projects and a series of Zoom theatre presentations. When not writing, Tony chairs Mole Valley Poets, is secretary of Mole Valley Scriptwriters and is a director of Terrestrial, a Bristol based Arts company and of Damn Cheek Productions CIC. In his spare time he plays sax with the Greensand Band and sings with Brockham Choral.